Hi all, hope everyone is keeping well. In recent news I joined Twitter for a few days as Elon Musk bought it. I found it rather a mess, it’s a war zone. Too I found myself on those few days glued to the endless stream of tweets, constantly checking for notifications. Its like a car crash that you can’t stop watching. I didn’t like that. So, because it was a mess and wound up consuming so much of my time, I left. I feel better for it. In other news I’m glad to see that in the UK mask mandates have stopped across all regions, I see very few people still waring them. That makes me happy, somewhat of a return to normal. However, I don’t think we have heard the last of Covid masseurs, not by a long shot. The medical fascists are still beating drums, though I do feel confident now that liberty will prevail.
Iv been thinking about this thing we call reality, this bizzarro thing that we all share. Some people have come to say things like my reality, this I don’t feel sits well with me. Reality the material world seems to have qualities, these qualities are not the thing in itself. Rather they emergent properties of the quanta of space or the substance that makes up reality. We may perceive these queitites relative to ourselves, that don’t make them any less real. So, it is true that we perceive reality through our senses, equally true we are limited beings. All that may be deniable, yet what is not deniable is that we are moved by something external to ourselves. Experience of something comes before the knowledge of something, Nietzsche suggests; one is not the thought the train is going past– one is as the experience the train is going past. Suggesting the thought comes after the experience. Then this thing that is called reality is something experienced, that is to say we are not the thought this is reality nor is reality the thoughts we have of it, we are as the experience of reality. Thought comes after, therefore knowledge is not an instant thing. Knowledge takes times and is the cumulative effect of experiences within reality.
One is at all times the subject of a mental state, with a distinctive subjective character. That is so say how we experience this thing called reality may differ greatly form individual to individual, yet what we all have in common is that we are experiencing something. We then turn to measurable phenomenon to demean what this things is. That would be to say we experience reality relative to ourselves, not subject to ourselves. That something then must be real and distinct from ourselves, reality then is not something we create rather it is something that creates us— shapes us. Reality was prior to our existence and will exists after our existence. There is an old quote by a Greek philosopher, Protagoras of Abdera that formed a principle of solipsism and what this philosopher stated was; Man is the measure of all things: of things which are they are, and of things which are not, that they are not. While it is true man measures man has no choice in what he measures or experiences, man can determine that something is this or that or is this and not that—that is the limit. I would say man is not the arbiter of reality. Man is the arbiter of what he both knows and thinks he knows, that is all.
Nietzsche’s perspectivism has merit in saying that perception always takes place form a specific point of view or perspective, that I don’t feel makes perspective reality. Our perspectives aren’t our own reality. Experience then is not equal to reality, rather it is a product of reality influencing our senses. We can create or influence our perspectives, cumulative experiences of reality—not reality. This is a useful distinction because reality cannot be changed, a perspective can. That’s not the same as saying we cannot change or manipulate things in reality, far from it. Rather is to say that we cannot change reality itself. The nature of reality then is immutable, what is not is our perception of it. Think how different an experience one has had might be drastically different had one had a more knowledge, think how much a perspective of an event one has had in one’s past that has changed through ginning knowledge. We continually discover things about reality that add to our knowledge or thoughts about it, that’s not the same as changing reality.
States of affairs here get messy, as this boils down to an objective reality that we can only experience relatively. So, such as my statement about Twitter or Medical fascism, may be would not necessarily be perceived in that way by everyone. That would depend on their experience and knowledge, too the statements would be subject to truth conditions. That however is a matter of semantics and one’s position on pragmatism. I wrote about this in post 016 and 034.
That is as far as I have gotten with these thoughts on reality, I hope at the very least you find them interesting. Once again these are just my thoughts on it, nothing more. You might have different thoughts on the topic, perhaps better insights. I would be glad to read them, please leave a comment should you be so moved. Stay well all and thanks for reading my ramblings.